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Life ain't shabby for Kelly Clarkson these days. She's starring on a new reality show, she's dating a guy named Brandon Blackstock and she's shed 30 pounds in the last six months.

How did she accomplish the latter feat?

"I do cardio. I run. I strength-train using my own body weight. I don’t like free weights because I build muscle easily," Clarkson says in the latest issue of Redbook. "Really, what I try to instill in my fans is to be healthy and happy. I have no desire to be super-skinny."

Kelly Clarkson Redbook Cover

Among other topics touched on by Kelly in the interview:

Why is she appearing on Duets? I’m going to be completely honest: I had no one looking out for me [on American Idol]. They were looking out for the show, and it was horrible. I was 19 years old. I was smart enough to know that it wasn’t about me, but that didn’t make it any easier. I’m all cried out about it, but my first four years, I hated my life; I almost quit a dozen times.

On actually being happy: I know, where’s the kick in the ass? I told my assistant that today. I said, “I’m just waiting for something to blow up.” She said, “No, that’s what happiness is.” I’m like, maybe I’ve never been happy! Because Brandon does, he makes me happy.

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Much is being made about Kelly Clarkson‘s newer, thinner figure.

Now the singer herself is opening about it in the new Us Weekly.

Kelly dropped an impressive 30 pounds by working out five days per week and adopting a portion-controlled diet ... funny how that seems to work.

Check out her new body, and take that, Quicktrim.

Kelly Clarkson Weight Loss

Clarkson dropped the excess weight over the course of the past six months, with a source saying she “feels better about herself than she ever has.”

The singer, who remains 10 pounds shy of her goal weight, says that her boyfriend Brandon Blackstock helped inspire her to get back into shape.

“Brandon is the first guy ever who tells her how beautiful and sexy she is. She wants to look good for him,” a source told the celeb news publication.

Whatever her motivation, she looks outstanding.

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Not that she wasn't prety to begin with, but Kelly Clarkson is looking great these days, showing off a slim, toned physique at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

The original American Idol took the stage with a sexier look than we're used to seeing, making her performance of "Dark Side" even more memorable.

Kelly also has a new reality show coming out, Duets, and a recent tour that may have contributed to her weight loss. Whatever it is, bravo, girl!

Take a look at her performance below and see for yourself:

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Kelly Clarkson may be comfortable with her weight, but Self magazine wanted her to drop a few pounds, apparently. A slimmed-down photo of Clarkson on the women's magazine's cover this month is causing waves online.

Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of the women's health magazine, is speaking out in defense of "retouching" the 27-year-old simply make her "look her personal best."

"Yes. Of course we do retouching," Danziger writes about the pic in a post on Self.com. "Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best."

Calling Clarkson "the picture of confidence," Danzinger writes, "I think this photo is the truest we have ever put out there on the newsstand."

Kelly Clarkson in Self

Did Self artificially slim down Kelly Clarkson?

But many have expressed disappointment and outrage over the digitally slim Kelly. And in the article itself, Clarkson defends her fuller figure.

"When people talk about my weight, I'm like, 'You seem to have a problem with it; I don't. I'm fine!,'" the original American Idol winner says.

"I'm never trying to lose weight – or gain it," she added. "I'm just being!"

This is not the first photo flap the singer has been involved with in the last year.

In January, Kelly Clarkson wrote on her blog that "they Photoshopped the crap out of me!" on her All I Ever Wanted album cover image.

What do you think of the retouching? Too far, or standard?

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Like Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson is sick of criticism over her weight.

"For seven years it's been happening. It's like, 'OK cool, the fat jokes,'" she said in an interview with 2Day FM's Kyle and Jackie O Show in Australia.

Muscle Wasting

"I love my body. I'm very much OK with it. I don't think artists are ever the ones who have the problem with their weight, it is other people."

The original American Idol has also come under recent scrutiny over her sexuality. She says she doesn't care if people think she is a lesbian.

Her only complaint in that department: "The rumors are not helping me on the dating front! I prefer the boys. I'm extremely flattered when I do get hit on by girls, and I do think it's really hot, but I'm not into it. I like boys."

Fat or not, Kelly Clarkson said she's in no rush to find Mr. Right.

"I'm only 27, not 40 and still single! I enjoy being single, I love work and I think people are so passive with relationships and I'm not that person."

"I'm an extremist, I'm either in a relationship or I'm not. I'm honest about it and I'll tell people, it's just there's nothing to tell. I have a very good life."

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If Kelly Clarkson is tired of pregnancy rumors, she might want to avoid clothing choices like she's donned recently. The singer looked considerably heavier performing at the KIIS-FM Wango Tango in California this weekend (below, right).

Contrast how the original American Idol looks compared to just two months ago, when promoting her new album on the current season of the hit show.

Maybe she was channeling her inner Jessica Simpson and just picked a really unfortunate outfit. Sorry, that's a huge insult to Kelly Clarkson to even be mentioned in the same sentence as that sorry excuse for a singer. Our bad!

Anyway, is she with child? Overweight? In need of a mirror? Tell us below ...

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